Toughie No 1238 by Warbler
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BD Rating – Difficulty ** – Enjoyment **
Not the most sparkling of Warbler puzzles. A mixture of write-in clues, including rather a lot of easy anagrams, and a few that were more tricky. For those who solved this quickly and have time on their hands, I can thoroughly recommend the BBC4 documentary linked to at 11d.
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1a Stay in Dallas involved festival (3,6,3)
ALL SAINTS DAY An anagram (involved) of STAY IN DALLAS.
9a Slave switched direction to discover identity (4)
SELF A slave or bonded labourer in which Left is swapped for Right (switched direction).
10a Shock associated with northern turn’s music (4,1,4)
ROCK N ROLL A word for to shock, the abbreviation for Northern, and a word for to turn.
12a To maintain central core of gas mains is tricky (6)
INSIST The answer is given by the middle letters (central core) of GASMAINSISTRICKY.
13a We old lot could be quids in! (4-2-2)
WELL-TO-DO An anagram of (could be) WE OLD LOT.
15a In a sorry state, depressed athlete missing a little time for training (4-2-4)
DOWN AT HEEL A word for depressed, then an anagram of (for training) ATHLETE after deleting the abbreviation for Time.
16a Initially iodine treatment can heal skin infection (4)
ITCH The first letters of (initially) Iodine Treatment Can Heal.
18a Spiritual stronghold (4)
AERY A double definition in which both parts are in variant spellings. The solution is both a synonym for light and insubstantial, and a word for a high and inaccessible place.
20a Instrument found in boiler house (10)
KETTLEDRUM A charade of a device or vessel for boiling water, plus a slang term for house that was unfamiliar to me (thanks Gazza for helping with that).
23a Rendered unconscious from combination of oxygen, steam and carbon monoxide (8)
COMATOSE An anagram (combination) of STEAM, the chemical symbol or oxygen and the formula for carbon monoxide. (Not sure this one would have got past Big Dave, who’s very strict about indirect anagram fodder!)
24a Film of oily matter (6)
GREASE A musical film from the 1970s whose title is the oily stuff used to style hair.
26a Dependency on self? I am confused (4,2,3)
ISLE OF MAN … A British Crown Dependency. An anagram (confused) of ON SELF I AM.
27a Paid for food (4)
FEED A rare verb meaning to pay, in the past tense, is also a word for (animal) food.
28a One’s used in knitting leg-bands — 16 will go round top of thigh (6-6)
GARTER STITCH The first letter (top) of Thigh goes between a word for leg-bands and the solution to 16a.
2d Threescore years and ten — if energy’s left first, sleep’s taken over (8)
LIFESPAN The abbreviation for Left comes before (first) IF from the clue, the abbreviation in physics for energy, and a reversal (taken over) of a synonym for sleep’s.
3d Agile mole grabs gopher’s tail (4)
SPRY The last letter (tail) of gopheR goes inside a mole or secret agent.
4d Ten crimes solved — number getting framed increases (10)
INCREMENTS An anagram of (solved) TEN CRIMES into which the one-letter abbreviation for Number is inserted (getting framed).
5d Mass of seaweed (6)
TANGLE A twisted mass is also an alternative name for oarweed.
6d Hippie in Germany put work into retreat (7)
DROPOUT The one-letter abbreviation for Germany followed by two-letter crosswordese for work inside (put into) a word meaning a disorderly retreat of the losing side in battle.
7d In exuberant style Rome may well start to hang bunting (12)
YELLOWHAMMER … the bunting that sings “A little bit of bread and no cheese”. An anagram of (in exuberant style) ROME MAY WELL and the initial letter of (start to) Hang.
8d Up-and-down experience in the present and past (6)
SEESAW A verb meaning to experience, first in the present tense and then in the past tense.
11d Eyeing up the girls may cause twitching (12)
BIRDWATCHING A hobby that in mild slang could be taken to mean eyeing up girls.
14d Groups in braces put on singles? (10)
THREESOMES The groups that result if singles are added to pairs (braces).
17d Huge mistake to block right to get a raise in charge (8)
TERRIFIC A verb meaning to mistake (or rather, to make a mistake) goes inside (to block) a reversal (to get a raise) of right or proper, followed by the abbreviation for in charge.
19d Walker who goes on and on (7)
RAMBLER A cross-country walker could also be someone who talks endlessly.
21d Covered in blood, rower shouted noisily (6)
ROARED A member of rowing team goes inside (covered in) the colour of blood.
22d Street above York put up flashing light (6)
STROBE The abbreviation for street followed by a reversal (put up) of the abbreviation of the Roman name for York
25d One’s against being kept in quarantine (4)
ANTI The solution is hidden (kept) in the word QUARANTINE.
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